Drugs That Changed Society: History and Current Status of the Early Antibiotics: Salvarsan, Sulfonamides, and β-Lactams

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The appearacne of antibiotic drugs revolutionized the possibilities for treatment of diseases with high mortality such as pneumonia, sepsis, plaque, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid fever,
and tuberculosis. Today fewer than 1% of mortalities in high income countries are caused by diseases caused by bacteria. However, it should be recalled that the antibiotics were introduced in
parallel with sanitation including sewerage, piped drinking water, high standard of living and
improved understanding of the connection between food and health. Development of salvarsan,
sulfonamides, and β-lactams into efficient drugs is described. The effects on life expectancy and life
quality of these new drugs are indicated.
Udgave nummer19
Antal sider31
StatusUdgivet - 2021

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